Monday, March 9, 2009

Same-Sex "Married" Lector Reads for Students at Most Holy Redeemer

When I saw the flyer for “Be Still and Know” that was posted in the marquee of Presentation Theater at USF, I also noticed it announced that the cast and crew from Sacred Heart of Atherton were to attend Mass at Most Holy Redeemer at 10 AM on Sunday, March 8. This was prior to the performance.

Well, if it is exposure to a public repudiation of Church teaching that the school wants for its students, they went to the right place. For, according to Most Holy Redeemer’s Lector schedule for the 10AM mass on March 8, one of the Lectors was a man named Michael Vargas. This same Michael Vargas recently had a letter to the editor published in "Catholic San Francisco." The letter began:

"Archbishop Niederauer’s recent “open letter” did nothing but rub salt in the wounds for at least two members of his flock. My husband and I do not think we are alone…"

and was signed:

"Michael Vargas
Martin Bednarek
San Francisco"

Here we have two same-sex “married” men proudly asserting their contempt for Church teaching in the Archdiocesan newspaper. And one of them serves as a Lector in a "Catholic" church! Assuming that Mr. Vargas was there on schedule, one of these same men was reading scripture at Mass to the students of a Catholic High School.


But what is unthinkable in the Catholic Church is normal at MHR. Had the students attended next week, they could have received the Blessed Sacrament from a man who goes by the name of “Lisa Rae” Dummer. Dummer is scheduled to be a Eucharistic Minister at next Sunday’s 10AM Mass.

This photograph is courtesy of the Most Holy Redeemer webpage.

That’s “Lisa Rae” in the back—he’s the big guy with flowers and wearing a corset. The photo shows Dummer preparing to present the Most Holy Redeemer Young Adult Group as “debutantes” at the “2007 Transgender San Francisco Cotillion.” Even I was shocked the first time I saw this—and I’m a born-and-raised San Franciscan. A Catholic Young Adult group being escorted to a “transgender” event by one of the parish’s own Eucharistic Ministers!

Dummer is a serious “transgender” activist. He was the organizer of the 2007 Transgender Cotillion and he is the Director of the 2009 event. He is also the Board Chair of the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco, an organization which seeks to establish “equality” at the expense of sanity.


Did the responsible person at Sacred Heart of Atherton who OK'd the events at MHR know these things? The principal at Sacred Heart is a man named James Everitt--who gave $200 to the "No on Proposition 8" campaign. There is also a James Everitt listed as a lector on the MHR website. Is this the same man? As I said in my original post on this subject, I believe so, because that is the best way to account for the otherwise inexplicable Sacred Heart/MHR connection. And if this is so, then yes, Mr. Everitt does know the people at Most Holy Redeemer, and he does know what goes on there, and with this knowledge, he still thought it was a good idea for his students to visit the parish.

If I were a Sacred Heart parent, or a Superintendent of Catholic Schools I'd be asking a few questions.

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney


Anonymous said...

From the Catholic Catechism, regarding the 8th Commandment:

2477 Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury. He becomes guilty:
- of rash judgment who, even tacitly, assumes as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor;
- of detraction who, without objectively valid reason, discloses another's faults and failings to persons who did not know them;
- of calumny who, by remarks contrary to the truth, harms the reputation of others and gives occasion for false judgments concerning them.

2478 To avoid rash judgment, everyone should be careful to interpret insofar as possible his neighbor's thoughts, words, and deeds in a favorable way:

Every good Christian ought to be more ready to give a favorable interpretation to another's statement than to condemn it. But if he cannot do so, let him ask how the other understands it. and if the latter understands it badly, let the former correct him with love. If that does not suffice, let the Christian try all suitable ways to bring the other to a correct interpretation so that he may be saved.

2479 Detraction and calumny destroy the reputation and honor of one's neighbor. Honor is the social witness given to human dignity, and everyone enjoys a natural right to the honor of his name and reputation and to respect. Thus, detraction and calumny offend against the virtues of justice and charity.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 7:36 AM:

Is there a point to this post?

Paul Nichols said...

2478 To avoid rash judgment, everyone should be careful to interpret insofar as possible his neighbor's thoughts, words, and deeds in a favorable way:
The important part of this is "insofar as possible".

The fact that these individuals do not hide their contempt for the Church shows that any judgements made unfavorably are quite deserved.

Anonymous said...

Fr. Malloy, can you please, please tell me why these sacriledges persist in this particyular Catholic Church? Why, WHY, does the archbishop allow this scandal to go on and on and on?

What more can we lay faithful do to fight this?

--So discouraged

Anonymous said...

Expose it for what it is! That is not being uncharitable. These people are unashamed it would appear about their behavior... they flaunt it. They need to be called on it. It is scandalous.

SHP needs a makeover... start with a new principal. If there is corruption at the top... how can we expect much from the rest of it. Someone needs to investigate this place.

Anonymous said...

Correction: Lisa Rae Dummer is a "she," not a "he."

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 6:41:

What is your justification for this "correction", please?

Anonymous said...

You mmake me sick. James Everitt is one of the finest christians that walks the earth. SHP is a great place with great leadership. You call yourself a christian and you write the stuff you do. How dare you? I only hope you find peace in your heart.